In 2006, Tim Jahnigen watched a refugee from Darfur make a soccer ball by tying together trash with pieces of twine. In that instant, he recognized the strong, indestructible spirits of these children. He realized there was a global need for a ball that could withstand the harsh conditions often faced by youth living in refugee camps, disaster areas and other disadvantaged communities. With that spark of inspiration, the idea for One World Futbol was born. With a concept and material in mind, Jahnigen set out to design a ball that played like a soccer ball, but would never need a pump and never go flat—even when punctured multiple times. His idea remained in the concept stage until he had a conversation with his friend, world-renowned entertainer Sting. Once Sting heard his vision for the ball, he provided the initial funding for the research and development needed to make Jahnigen’s dream a reality.
In recognition of Sting’s crucial, early support, the name of the ball and the Company are based on the song “One World (Not Three),” written by Sting. After much testing and refinement, the One World Futbol was finally ready for launch. In 2010, Jahnigen and his wife, Lisa Tarver, started the One World Futbol Project, a mission-driven, B Corporation that makes, sells and distributes the nearly indestructible One World Futbol. It has now reached over 160 million people, improving the lives of children worldwide.